Despite being a superb physical specimen myself, thanks to years of training by the biggest names in the business (Fray Bentos, Colonel Sanders, all the greats), I'm always looking for new ways to get fit. Specifically, ways that are actually fun. Shape Up seemed to be the answer when Ubisoft announced it at E3 2014: a lighthearted and very 'gamey' collection of crazy activities with RPG-style progression designed to keep you engaged while burning calories. Xbox One's Kinect sensor ought to be a perfect fit.
So when Gamescom rolled around Matt told me to get plenty of footage of myself... well, rolling around. Unfortunately, live code being a tricky beast, the software was unfortunately bricked.
Never mind, though, because I quickly grabbed Shape Up creative director Charles Huteau for an interview about the game, and what the team thinks about Microsoft's Xbox One U-turn.
Being a Templar has its perks.
Sure, the Assassins have a noble cause to fight for and a trillion useless collectibles in the vault, but a life on the run wasn't enough for Shay Patrick Cormac. Thankfully the Templars are equal opportunities employers, meaning that even former enemies get immediate access to the latest military technology (including psychotropic drugs and air rifles) subversive experimental gear and insanely generous expense accounts... on the proviso that they agree to track down and murder all their former associates.
And hang out with Haytham Kenway -- who we've already identified as the coolest character in the entire series bar none -- as a bonus. Frankly you'd be mad not to.
Assassin's Creed Unity may be jumping time periods and console generations this Christmas, but for those who haven't yet invested in a PS4, Xbox One or gaming rig, there's still some unfinished business to take care of.Click here to read more...
If you're a fan of gritty westerns and tight shooters, I recommend this surprisingly excellent download without hesitation. Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is a rootin' tootin' good time with a strong campaign and addictive arcade mode, not to mention a bargain for three Quid. Thanks to socialjeebus @ HUKD!
After all of the furore about possibly dumbing down Splinter Cell and turning one of gaming's classic stealthy franchises into an action romp after THAT E3 showing, it turned out that Blacklist was actually a really good game with a gloriously open-ended approach to things that allowed us players to play pretty much however we wanted, whenever we wanted.
Which is nice.
Anyway, HMV have the Ultimatum Edition for under £15 (knock a further quid off with the code JULY10 - still working at the time of writing) which includes the game along with an a mini graphic novel, a watch, and a bunch of DLC maps. You can grab the X360 version for the same price here.
Cracking spot by s_hayhurst at HUKD.
How many Assassin's Creed games do we need per year? Following Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD and Assassin's Creed; Unity, Ubisoft reckons that three is the magic number.
Leaked screenshots and trailer confirm that Assassin's Creed: Rogue is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 as a semi-sequel to Assassin's Creed IV, allowing us to play as a Templar hunting Assassins throughout the icy Antarctic wastes.Click here to read more...
Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Ancel has started up his own studio, named Wild Sheep. There are thirteen staffers, and the studio already has a new game in development. We're pretty sure it'll be a whimsical delight whatever it is.
However, Ancel will still be remaining with Ubisoft to lead "select projects at Ubisoft Montpellier", including one that's apparently "very close to his and the team's heart".Click here to read more...
Destiny hasn't been the only beta to emerge this week, Ubisoft also launched their closed beta for The Crew.
I'd tell you all about it if I could, but unfortunately, The Crew's beta is riddled with bugs and crashes, and after completing the first mission or two, I was met with a black, frozen screen of death that the game now constantly loads into.
We do, however, have the opening scenes of The Crew captured for your perusal, mind, and you can laugh as I attempt to deal with the game's somewhat arcadey handling and crash into a barn.
Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition | Base | 44.99 | Review
Base are not necessarily the most reliable retailer when it comes to snappy delivery, but this one might be worth the wait. Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition is just £44.99 at Base right now, and this limited edition package comes with some rather tasty stuff.
One for collector's, the DedSec Edition comes with the following:
A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine
DedSec Collector box
Watch Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game
Original soundtrack of the game
Watch_Dogs map of Chicago
Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality
Set of 3 exclusive badges
Also included is around 60 minutes of extra DLC and bonus weapon rewards. If you've not discovered the delights of Chicago yet, this might just be the perfect opportunity. After the Destiny beta, natch.
Great spot by Jas10.
Watch Dogs | Grainger Games | £29.99 | Review
Watch Dogs is cracking game in so many ways. The chases are awesome, the ways you can manipulate the city of Chicago are pretty damn cool, and I got a real kick out of some of the infiltration and intrusion missions. But it's also enormously bloated. There's a lot of content here, and it's certainly worth picking up, but you can't help but feel that Ubisoft could have trimmed off a large quantity of excess fat here.
Still, £29.99 for it on next-gen consoles is a top shout. Hats off to Bure11 for spotting it.
Do you hear the people sing, singing a song of angry men? No? Good, and that's just how we like it. Russell Crowe has been forcibly gagged and dragged out of the Parisian streets for a double bill of Assassin's Creed Unity trailers, which will probably make a reasonable substitute for actual news on what's shaping up to be another painfully slow week.
You'll see some intriguing exposition that blends real events with Assassin's Creed canon (which will be enough to tell you that my limp Les Mis joke is chronologically flawed!), followed by a gameplay trailer showing off fluid animations and enormous crowds.Click here to read more...
The Division caused a massive stir at E3 2013, generating an enormous amount of excitement and an active community despite still being nebulously dated for next year. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, Ubisoft has published a helpful interview with Game Director Ryan Barnard, who explains the premise, mechanics and vision behind the online action-RPG. Watch it below.
The Division looks to be a neat mix between cooperative gunplay and classless RPG customisation. Here's hoping that Massive Entertainment deliver on its potential -- and their promises -- next year.Click here to read more...
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is outstanding. It's a fantastic game that might just be the best pirate game since Sid Meier first let us live out our buccaneering dreams. The PC version has remained a little stubborn in terms of its price point, but you can currentlky nab a digital PC copy for just £11.68 ($19.99) if you pop on over to Amazon US. I would say, however, that you should try and pick up a console version if possible (PS4 ideally) simply because the Anvil engine seems to suffer a little on PC.
If you're not based in the States, all you have to do is fabricate a US mailing address to get the game key. You can opt for either a Steam or Uplay code, but let's face it, who the hell would ever freely choose the latter?
Cheers to Jas10 for the tip.
Far Cry 2 is often viewed as the dark horse of the series, if not its lowest point, but personally I view it as a misunderstood masterpiece. Gruelling and isolating, hitting you with the full horrors of war, it's a tough and unremitting tale that still gives you a massive amount of choice for completing objectives and numerous opportunities for emergent gameplay-driven storytelling. Either way, we can all agree that £2.99 is very cheap. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
It's not the cheapest we've ever seen, but sub-£15 is still money well spent on this superb platformer. Rayman Legends feels right at home on Vita, since those vibrant visuals and tight controls are a perfect fit for Sony's handheld, especially now that all the extra missions have been added via a free update. Thanks to CalumW96 @ HUKD!
Rayman Legends was already a truly legendary platformer that run at a smooth 1080/60 on last-gen consoles, but the next-gen port is still a treat. Especially when you can pick up the PS4 versions for £15.98, fast approaching that magical £15 threshold.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Ubisoft should be congratulated for taking risks on experimental digital games, and this one's a doozy. Valiant Hearts provides non-combat puzzles set in World War One, designed to show the human dramas behind the miserable carnage. It's very different, educational, thought-provoking and frankly the sort of thing that we'd like to see more of. Anyway, it's out now and the PC version will set you back £9.00 at Greenman Gaming with their APIZS9-460INI-BL4WZ9 voucher code.
GamersGate are running a fat Prince of Persia sale at the moment, meaning that you snap up Sands of Time for less than the price of Magnum ice cream lolly. Here's the lowdown on the titles that they've got discounted:
Nab yourselves a slice of platforming brilliance here, and if you're unsure with regard to the newer titles, we've got a Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands review for you here.
Well the press conferences (and one pre-recorded Nintendo Direct) have come and gone, and in this special edition of Game Buzz, we pick apart the showing from all five big cheeses at this year's E3, and give a little insight into some of our personal highlights of the show thus far.
We'll nominate our winners and losers of the show thus far, before dropping the answer to the biggest and most redundant question of them all -- who won E3 2014?
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
So there are to be no playable female models in Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Unity introduces co-op to the Assassin's Creed formula, allowing you to play with up three of your friends. In order to make this fit in with the story, each player will see themselves as Arno in their own games but be able to choose and customise their public appearance -- i.e. how they present themselves in the games of other. You'll still be able to customise your gear, and you'll have all of that with you when playing with others, you'll just appear as a different character to other players. And that character will have to be male.
It's annoying that were back here again with a company that's actually been fairly good at fostering inclusion of late. Assassin's Creed actually flipped the script in terms of delivering a protagonist that didn't fit the white, male stereotype when it came to Liberation, and did so in a way that was pretty relaxed given the scrutiny Avaline would come under. That's just the nature of things that deviate from established norms, even when those norms are somewhat lamentable. Anything different -- in this case to traditionally white, male protagonists with voices like a cement mixer -- will attract extra attention and pressure. But, to Ubisoft's credit, they let the game do the talking, and it was a cracking little game, with Aveline proving to be a wonderfully drawn character. Before that, we had female assassins in Brotherhood and Revelations, female avatars in the multiplayer components. There's precedent for this, and Ubisoft Montreal themselves set it!
So why not here, in Unity?
"It's unfortunate, but it's a reality of game development," said Ubisoft technical director James Therien, speaking to Videogamer. "It's not a question of philosophy or choice in this case at all.
"It was a question of focus and a question of production. Yes, we have tonnes of resources, but we're putting them into this game, and we have huge teams, nine studios working on this game and we need all of these people to make what we are doing here."Click here to read more...
Arrrrrrrr you looking for swashbuckling adventure on Wii U? If so, The Game Collection are selling Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on the cheap, with change for a tenner. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!